Guest Post: Bruce S. Trachtenberg
I recently sat in on a Philanthropy New York panel discussion that asked a very simple question, “Why do foundations choose to go on forever?”
That question, which was prompted by attention being paid to the recent uptick in the number of foundations that intend to spend themselves out of business, got me thinking.
When a foundation makes the decision to close down, that’s considered news. But what about foundations that plan to keep going forever, don’t they have some obligation to publicly explain why?
Guest Post: Ryan Reynolds
Indexes are handy ways to track and report progress. You can’t beat the Dow Jones Industrial Index to follow the ups and downs of stock prices. Ditto the Consumer Price Index, which compares the cost of goods and services from year to year.
But what if you want to track progress on important social issues? Thanks to troves of data available these days, nonprofits are increasingly using indexes to communicate about their work and their underlying causes.
Infographics took over the Internet in 2013. Indeed, they are a great way to crystallize the findings from a lengthy report into a single clear visual with just the top highlights of data, comparisons, etc. But, too often organizations spend money hiring designers to do infographics that are too complex, get lost in the data, miss the forest for the trees, or because of other misguided approaches, lower trust in infographics across the board.
During a recent Communications Network webinar, Resource Media’s Liz Banse and Nicole Lampe shared seven best practices around the use of infographics, They also presented two case studies of successful infographic releases.
During a recent Communications Network webinar, we heard that by changing the words used to characterize the subject of a public debate you can increase the chances of winning support for your issues and causes. In an op-ed last week, one of our webinar presenters, Doug Hattaway, president of Hattaway Communications, and his colleague, Steve Pierce, offered another — and very timely example — of how the right words can help you win important debates. A modified version of the Politico post is reprinted below with permission.
Guest Post: Doug Hattaway and Steve Pierce
We’ve probably become numb from all the words written and spoken over the course of recent Congressional debates about raising the nation’s debt ceiling. But after taking the nation to the brink of default twice, Republicans last week quietly went along with Democrats to approve a drama-free debt-limit increase.